War of the Rebellion: Serial 115 Page 0258 PRISONERS OF WAR, ETC.

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, March 10, 1862.

Right Honorable Lord LYONS, &c.

MY LORD: I have had the honor to receive your note of the 6th instant in which after reverting to the correspondence with has passed between us concerning the treatment experienced by the crews of the British schooners Revere and Louisa Agens you state that Her Majesty's Government cannot but regard the putting of seamen belongint to those vessels in irons under the circumstances in which and for the period for which this was avowedly done as wholly unjustifiable.

In reply I have the honor to observe that it is believed that except in the cases of the Revere and Louisa Agnes and one other case which has just been brought to my notice no complaints whatever have reached this Government during the existing rebellion of harsh treatment of persons on board of vessels captured by our naval forces. And when in the first two of those cases a complaint was preferred by you the Secretary of the Navy, though perfectly convinced in his own mind of their humanity, lost no time in enjoining upon the flag officers of our blockading squadrons kindness in all cases toward captured prisoners and that irons be used only when and as long as may be necessary for the safety of the captors and the prizes. If, however, our naval officers are in any case justly chargeable with rigorous treatment of persons taken by them from on board prize vessels such persons have their judicial remedies in our courts of law.

I have the honor to be, with high consideration, your lordship's obedient servant,

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, March 10, 1862.

His Excellency F. H. PEIRPOINT,

Governor of Virginia, Wheeling, Va.

SIR: The Secretary of War directs me to acknowledge your letter of the 25th ultimo with the accompanying resolution of the General Assembly of Virginia, and to inform you that it will receive careful attention.

Very respectfully, your obedient WATSON,

Assistant Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, March 10, 1862.

Major General JOHN A. DIX, Baltimore:

The Secretary of War directs me to inquire how many political prisoners and spies you can receive and take care of at Fort McHenry.

P. H. WATSON,

Assistant Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, March 10, 1862.

Colonel JUSTIN DIMICK, Fort Warren, Mass.

COLONEL: The Secretary of War directs me to inform you that if Rev. A. L. Hitzelberger be a loyal and proper person he may be admitted to Fort Warren to visit the prisoners if in your judgment it can be done without detriment to the public service.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. H. WATSON,

Assistant Secretary of War.